A motorist who was shot and killed early today by a Westerville police officer was holding a gun as the officer approached the car during a traffic stop, police say.
The officer stopped the car in the westbound lanes of Polaris Parkway near Olde Worthington Road at 1:16 a.m. An “officer-in-trouble” call was sent out to area police agencies shortly after that, along with a call for medics to respond to a shooting.
The motorist, identified as John W. Montgomery, 59, of Columbus, died at 2:03 a.m. Mount Carmel St. Ann’s hospital.
The officer and a woman who was in the car’s front passenger seat were not injured. Their names have not been released. Montgomery’s relationship to the woman was not clear.
The shooting occurred in Columbus just west of the Westerville city limits, said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus police spokesman.
Weiner said the Westerville officer saw Montgomery with a gun as he approached the car on the passenger side. The officer fired multiple times, he said.
Montgomery tried to exit the car at some point during the incident, but it is not yet clear precisely when, Weiner said.
Polaris Parkway was closed between Cleveland Avenue and Orion Place for 5 1/2 hours as police investigated the scene. The road reopened to traffic around 6:45 a.m., a police dispatcher said.
By Theodore Decket - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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